Week 4 D1


What is CRAAP? a guide to evaluating web sources

Currency How old or new is the information?

When was the information posted or last updated?

Are the links working? If not, that means no one is maintaining the website.

What is the copyright or publication date?

Relevancy Does it have the information you need?

Does the information relate to your topic or answer your question?

Who is the intended audience? Is it too simple or too advanced

for your purpose?

Authority Is the author of the information

qualified and trustworthy?

Who is the author/publisher/source/sponsor? - Associations, agencies, affiliations, titles, credentials

Is the author qualified to write on this particular topic? Is there contact information, such as a publisher or email address, for further investigation? Read the About Us, Our Mission, and FAQ sections of a site Google the author for more information about the author or organization.


ok at

the domain for clues:

.com commercial business, online retailer, for-profit


educational institutions, universities, schools


.gov government body (Fed, state, local)

.org organization not gov’t affiliated, not-for-profit

networking tech originally, now a “catch-all”

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 Is it supported by evidence you can check and verify yourself?

 Is it objective and free of emotion?  Are there errors in spelling, grammar,

or punctuation?

Purpose Why was the information

created and shared?

Do the authors/sponsors make their intentions or purpose clear?

- Is the purpose to Inform? Persuade? Sell? Entertain

Is the information fact, opinion or propaganda?

Does the point of view appear objective & impartial? What can the mission statement tell you?